heart herbs for cardio

Acai Berry * Apple * Arjuna * Artichoke, Globe * Astragalus root * Bilberry * Black Walnut * Butcher's Broom * Butterbur * Camphor * Cayenne Pepper * Celery Seed * Chicory root * Chrysanthemum * Coleus Forskohlii * Corydalis * Cranberry * Devil's Claw * Epimedium * Garlic * Ginger Root * Grapes * Hawthorn Berry * Horehound * Hyssop * Jiaogulan * Kudzu * Lemon Balm * Linden * Lotus * Motherwort * Olive Oil * Orange * Peppermint * Pomegranate * Rosemary * Sea Buckthorn Oil * Shepherd's Purse * Turmeric * Valerian root *

Herbal remedies for the heart focus on how to prevent heart disease and maintain cardiovascular health.

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Herbs for the Heart: Herbal remedies for the heart focus on how to prevent heart disease and maintain cardiovascular health. Hawthorn berries, used in combination with motherwort are used along with other herbs to promote longevity and strengthen the heart. White, Linda B. M.D. Hawthorn extracts are a supreme cardiovascular supplement. They improve the heart muscle's metabolism and have a marked impact on angina pectoris, arteriosclerosis, hypertension, and the fluid buildup of congestive heart failure. (Duke,James, Ph.D.) Angelica contains at least 14 anti-arrhythmic compounds which have a similar action to popular calcium channel blockers to control blood pressure. Arjuna is among the most frequently prescribed herbs for cardiovascular health in ayurvedic medicine. It improves cardiac muscle function and improved pumping activity of the heart. (Balch, Phyllis A. CNC) Astragalus is often used in combination with Codonopisis pilosula to strengthen the heart in TCM formulas. (Foster, Steven and Yue "Herbal Emissaries") Sparteine, one active constituent of Broom is often compared to the heart-depressing drugs. Broom is approved for use by German Commission E for stabilizing irregular heart rhythm. Horehound has a folk reputation for calming a nervous heart. The medicinal chemicals responsible for Horehound's expectorant action, marrubiin and marrubinic acid, also help stabilize heart rhythm. (Duke,James, Ph.D.)

Cholesterol Herbs: Herbs such as alfalfa, fenugreek and chicory decrease cholesterol levels and shrink plaques. Motherwort is a traditional heart tonic known to lower cholesterol, reduce platelet accumulation, and generally strengthen the heart. It also slows a too-rapid heart rate, especially when anxiety is a contributing factor.Olive oil may be considered a major protective component of the Mediterranean diet for stroke. Scientific evidence suggests that eating about 2 tablespoons (23 grams) of olive oil daily may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease due to the monounsaturated fat in olive oil. 1

A special note to women. Nearly a half-million women are stricken annually by heart disease. Yet until 2001, most research studies commonly used all-male subjects. Men with abnormal test results were treated far more aggressively than women with the same results. Women reporting the same symptoms as men were at least twice as likely to receive - no surprise here - a psychiatric diagnosis. Signs of cardiac distress in women are harder to spot than those in men. They can include such diffuse symptoms as nausea, vomiting, neck pain, shoulder pain, back pain, and abdominal discomfort with only a slight pressure in the chest to indicate a heart related problem. 7 Bottom line is to be aware, informed and get immediate help if you feel something is wrong. If you are already under a doctors care for your heart, remember that mixing herbs and prescription drugs is an unwise choice.


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  1. FDA . Monounsaturated Fatty Acids From Olive Oil and Coronary Heart Disease , FDA qualified health claims, (): Limited and not conclusive scientific evidence suggests that eating about 2 tablespoons (23 grams) of olive oil daily may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease due to the monounsaturated fat in olive oil.,
  2. Linda B. White, M.D.. "The Herbal Drugstore" , (2003) Garlic and its cousin onion contain substances that discourage platelets from sticking together and prevent blood clots. They also lower total cholesterol and triglycerides, another type of blood fat, all the while increasing HDL, "good cholesterol".
  3. Mountain Rose Herbs . Learn epimedium , , (2008-10-25): Modern Chinese herbal medicine uses epimedium (usually in combination with other herbs) not just to treat impotence, but also for asthma, bronchitis cervical dysplasia, congestive heart failure, leukorrhea, leukopenia, and viral infections of the heart.,
  4. . , cranberryinstitute.org, (): The flavonoids in cranberries are potent antioxidants and may reduce the risk of atherosclerosis. Cranberry extracts have also shown promise in the prevention of tooth decay.,
  5. Phyllis A. Balch. "Prescription for Herbal Healing" Avery, (2002) . Clinical studies in China have found that andrographis prevents the formation of blood clots and that use ot the herb prevents restenosis, or "reclogging," of arteries after angioplasty. The herb changes the way the linings of blood vessels respond to calcium, helping them to stay open.
  6. Larsson SC, Virtamo J, Wolk A. . Coffee Consumption and Risk of Stroke in Women , PMID: 21393590, (March, 2011): A Swedish study found that Drinking one to five cups of coffee a day may decrease stroke risk in women., The benefits of the antioxidant polyphenols and other compounds in coffee may boost endothelial function, cut down on inflammation, and improve insulin sensitivity as well.,
  7. Martha Weinman Lear . The Woman's Heart Attack , New York Times, (SEPT. 26, 2014): ,